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C.J. ­ Chiasson
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Mar 06, 2013 10:27 |  #1

I am in the market for a backpack and the choices are overwhelming. I could use some help. My basic needs are as such: I need to be able to carry my body, 3 lenses, filters (Lee system and others) and all my other misc equipment like neck straps and my flash and such. The other requirement is that I have to be able to strap my tripod to this thing. Comfort is important but won't kill the deal, especially since I'll only be hiking up to 5 miles more or less. Any help would be appreciated. Oh, and I'd like not to pay a fortune if possible. :cool:


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Mar 06, 2013 10:37 |  #2

What is your budget and what have you considered high in your list?


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Mar 06, 2013 11:12 |  #3

Probably under $150.


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Mar 06, 2013 11:22 |  #4

For reference, I'm currently using the Domke F-6 Little Bit Smaller and it's slap full. So I'd need something bigger than that.


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Mar 06, 2013 12:13 |  #5

I am leaning toward the Lowepro Flipside 400. Anyone have some experience with that pack?


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Mar 06, 2013 14:16 |  #6

C.J. Chiasson wrote in post #15683797 (external link)
I am leaning toward the Lowepro Flipside 400. Anyone have some experience with that pack?

Yep. Good backpack. Comfortable to wear and great for when you are out in the bush because of the rear opening. You can slip out of the shoulder straps, leave the waist strap on and turn it around to the front and open it. No need to put it on the ground. Or if you do put it down any muck goes on the front, so when you put it back on any dirt on it does not go against your clothes. I have worn it in pouring rain as well (and I mean torrential) and the waterproof cover keeps it nice and dry. My only dislike is getting something out of the very bottom. The zips don't go all the way to the base, so you have to bend the top right back to access stuff against the bottom. I just put things I don't use all the time along the bottom and that fixes the problem.


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Mar 06, 2013 14:27 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #7

The Think Tank Airport Essentials is a little over $150 but I love mine. Also the Think Tank Urban Disguise 35 v2 with the backpack straps is a great bags.


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Mar 06, 2013 20:21 |  #8

L.J.G. wrote in post #15684272 (external link)
Yep. Good backpack. Comfortable to wear and great for when you are out in the bush because of the rear opening. You can slip out of the shoulder straps, leave the waist strap on and turn it around to the front and open it. No need to put it on the ground. Or if you do put it down any muck goes on the front, so when you put it back on any dirt on it does not go against your clothes. I have worn it in pouring rain as well (and I mean torrential) and the waterproof cover keeps it nice and dry. My only dislike is getting something out of the very bottom. The zips don't go all the way to the base, so you have to bend the top right back to access stuff against the bottom. I just put things I don't use all the time along the bottom and that fixes the problem.

I don't have the money for a compact tripod right now, so, do you know if the Manfrotto 055XProB will strap to the back of this pack without being way too big or not holding securely? The weight isn't that much of an issue to me. I'm just worried if they will work together. I know it's a full size tripod and heavy, but it's stable and it's what I have right now. Thanks.

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The Think Tank Airport Essentials is a little over $150 but I love mine. Also the Think Tank Urban Disguise 35 v2 with the backpack straps is a great bags.

I think I need something a little more hiking oriented. Thanks for the info.


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Mar 06, 2013 21:25 |  #9

The F-Stop Tilopa BC fits all of those criteria but the last one; you can see some images of what all I pack into it and my thoughts on it when I first picked it up here


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Mar 06, 2013 21:28 |  #10

Ogio makes a good bp




  
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Mar 06, 2013 21:34 |  #11

C.J. Chiasson wrote in post #15685572 (external link)
I don't have the money for a compact tripod right now, so, do you know if the Manfrotto 055XProB will strap to the back of this pack without being way too big or not holding securely? The weight isn't that much of an issue to me.

The tripod holder is the only other downfall of this bag. While it has one and it works OK, it is better for smaller lighter tripods and not even in the same ballpark as the tripod holder on my Lowpro Pro Runner 450. I don't know what the 055XPro8 is like, but I have a big old heavy tripod and used to carry it separately rather than attached, where I attach it to the 450 and it is nice and secure.


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Mar 06, 2013 22:46 |  #12

Snydremark wrote in post #15685773 (external link)
The F-Stop Tilopa BC fits all of those criteria but the last one; you can see some images of what all I pack into it and my thoughts on it when I first picked it up here

Man that's nice! Total sticker shock when I saw the price. Seems like it's worth it though. Maybe in the future, but definitely something to look forward to. Thanks for the info.

L.J.G. wrote in post #15685803 (external link)
The tripod holder is the only other downfall of this bag. While it has one and it works OK, it is better for smaller lighter tripods and not even in the same ballpark as the tripod holder on my Lowpro Pro Runner 450. I don't know what the 055XPro8 is like, but I have a big old heavy tripod and used to carry it separately rather than attached, where I attach it to the 450 and it is nice and secure.

I did some research and there are some people using that combo. Some are strapping it to the top of the bag I believe and the back using the tripod holder. I don't mind the weight high. Is that doable? I can probably take the head off and put it in the bag to save height.


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Mar 06, 2013 23:03 |  #13

[QUOTE=C.J. Chiasson;15686041]Man that's nice! Total sticker shock when I saw the price. Seems like it's worth it though. Maybe in the future, but definitely something to look forward to. Thanks for the info...[QUOTE]

It's definitely been worth it for me; they're the only manufacturer I've found that offers a bag that works well for packing camera gear AND outdoor gear, easily. Plus, the modularity of their different sizes of camera units makes the whole system very flexible.


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Mar 06, 2013 23:12 |  #14

From Wikipedia:

Lowepro camera bags began as an offshoot of Lowe Alpine Systems, an outdoor equipment manufacturer founded by Mike, Greg and Jeff Lowe in suburban Denver (Colorado) in 1967.

They know what a backpack should do.




  
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Mar 06, 2013 23:17 |  #15

PapaGary wrote in post #15686109 (external link)
From Wikipedia:

They know what a backpack should do.

It certainly seems that's the bag I'm going with now, having researched it and gotten help from you guys. Many thanks. I hope my tripod can strap to it securely, even if it's a little heavy or awkward. That's the point in getting the backpack is to free up my hands. That should bag on hikes puts too much weight on one shoulder for my taste. Even weight distribution is what I'm looking for.


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